Travel Safe with a Bleeding Disorder

Traveling with a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, can be stressful and challenging knowing that a bleed can happen at any time. Plan ahead to help manage bleeding episodes and medical emergencies that occur while away from home.

Before You Leave for a Trip

  • Talk to your doctor about your travel plans to make sure you are in healthy condition to travel.
  • Ask your doctor if there are any recommended vaccinations based on your travel plans. Vaccinations, such as hepatitis A and B vaccines, are highly recommended for people with bleeding disorders.

What to Pack

 

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Travel Letter

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DownloadCdc-pdfExternal a sample travel letter

  • Ask your doctor for a travel letter that describes your bleeding disorder and the medicine you take. DownloadCdc-pdfExternal a sample.
  • Your travel letter will allow transportation security officials to make sure your medicine and medical supplies are allowed while traveling.
  • If you are traveling internationally, consider having an additional copy of the travel letter written in the primary language spoken in the country you are visiting.

 

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Medicine and medical supplies

  • Medicine and medical supplies are exempt from airline baggage restrictions.
  • Clearly label all medicine and medical supplies and pack them separately in a carry-on bag. If items are safely stored in your carry-on, you will be able to use your items at any time, and you will have your items with you in case your checked luggage is delayed or lost.
  • If there are any items that should not be exposed to X-rays, request your items to be physically inspected by the transportation security official.
  • Unexpected travel delays can happen. Pack extra amounts of medicine and supplies in the event that your return home is delayed.
Pack these medical supplies in your carry-on or in a bag you have with you at all times:
(Click “Print this page” below to print a copy of the checklist)






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A list of hospitals

 

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Medical and contact information

  • Keep a copy of your important medical and contact information with you.
  • Consider wearing a medical ID emblem if traveling alone to help inform medical personnel if you become unconscious or unable to communicate during an emergency.

For more information on traveling safely with a bleeding disorder, visit the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Steps for Healthy Living webpageExternal.

Learn more about bleeding disorders on CDC’s webpage.